25 Things To Do In Metro Vancouver This Weekend (August 9 – 11)

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Free at last. From sunflower festivals to a mac and cheese festival, here are 25 Metro Vancouver events to check out this weekend.

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Metro Vancouver Events This Weekend

Friday, August 9

Chilliwack Sunflower Festival

warmer than usual springAbout: Organized by the same group that put together the Tulips of the Valley event, the Chilliwack Sunflower Festival features close to 20 acres of over 35 varieties of sunflowers. This year also features 54 varieties of Dahlias, displayed across 2 acres.
Date: Thursday August 1st, 2019 – Sunday September 15th, 2019
Cost: $10 – $15

Craft Cycle Vancouver Beer Tour

About: Vancouver Beer Bike Tour, hosted by Canadian Craft Tours, is an exciting way to travel between some of North Vancouver’s most popular breweries.
Date: Saturday March 9th, 2019 – Monday December 30th, 2019
Cost: $45
Time: Various

Shipyards Night Market

About: Visitors will find fresh food, locally made products, musicians, art and entertainment every Friday night. The festivities in the Square kick off at 5:00 p.m. on Friday nights. In addition, there will be live music playing until 10:00 p.m. on the Shipbuilders’ Stage, showcasing talent from all over BC.
Date: Friday, May 3rd, 2019 – Friday, September 27th, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Richmond Night Market

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Photo: Richmond Night Market / Facebook

About: With endless rows of things to eat and see, the Richmond Night Market will be bustling with over 100 different food vendors to choose from, merchandise and games.
Date: Friday May 10th, 2019 – Monday October 14th, 2019
Cost: General: $4.75 / Children under 8: Free / Seniors over 60: Free
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

A Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature

About: Created by the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) in Chicago, A Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature, is “an interactive and immersive exhibition that highlights and explains the mathematical patterns that abound in the natural world”.
Date: Friday February 22nd, 2019 – Tuesday September 3rd, 2019
Cost: Free – $25
Time: 10:00 a.m.

Burnaby Village Museum

About: Burnaby Village Museum has created a village for you to explore, featuring costumed townsfolk in homes, shops and businesses straight out of the 1920’s.
Date: Saturday May 4th, 2019 – Monday September 2nd, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Fridays On Front

About: This family friendly community experience will feature artisan vendors from New West Craft, live music curated by the New Westminster Arts Council, and of course, your favourite food trucks from the Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest!
Date: Friday July 5th, 2019 – Friday August 23rd, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Vancouver Mac and Cheese Festival

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Photo: The Mac and Cheese Festival

About: Since their launch in 2015, they’ve fed almost 500,000 foodies in multiple cities across Ontario. 2019 marks their five year anniversary and organizers are celebrating with events in Toronto, Winnipeg, Halifax, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton.
Date: Friday August 9th, 2019 – Sunday August 11th, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: TBA


About: Vancouver’s amusement park, Playland, opened for the season on Saturday, May 4th, 2019. Well-known rides such as The Beast, Hellevator, and the Wooden Roller Coaster will once again be ready to make you scream.
Date: Saturday, May 4th, 2019 – Sunday, September 15th, 2019
Cost: Various
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Theatre Under The Stars

About: The beloved summer tradition allows guests to enjoy popular shows – all while being outside underneath the stars.
Date: Friday July 5th, 2019 – Saturday August 17th, 2019
Cost: Starting at $20

Musical Nooners

About: Running until Friday, August 16th, an assortment of musical acts will take place at The CBC Vancouver’s outdoor stage at 700 Hamilton Street.
Date: Friday July 5th, 2019 – Friday August 16th, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Vancouver Mural Festival

Vancouver Mural Festival

Photo: Vancouver Mural Festival / Facebook

About: Running until Saturday, August 10th, this 10-day festival features parties, dialogues, interactive displays, and art openings that lead up to the Mount Pleasant Street Party on August 10th.
Date: Thursday August 1st, 2019 – Saturday August 10th, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: Various

Richmond Sunflower Festival

About: Visitors will be able to walk through over 8 acres of land that’ll have over 20 different varieties of Sunflowers and Dahlias.
Date: Saturday August 3rd, 2019 – Sunday September 15th, 2019
Cost: Free – $15
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Abbotsford International Airshow

About: The annual aviation festival provides spectators with an opportunity to watch some of the finest aerobatic performances in the world.
Date: Friday August 9th, 2019 – Sunday August 11th, 2019
Cost: Starting at $12.50
Time: 3:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 10

Vancouver Chinatown Festival

Vancouver Chinatown Festival

Photo: Vancouver Chinatown Festival

About: The Vancouver Chinatown Festival hosts more than 50,000 visitors every year, who fill Columbia and Keefer Street in the beautiful Chinatown quarter.
Date: Saturday August 10th, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival

About: Feist, Lord Huron, and Dan Mangan are set to headline the festival at Deer Lake Park on Saturday, August 10th, 2019.
Date: Saturday August 10th, 2019
Cost: Various
Time: 1:00 p.m.

Kaleidoscope Arts Festival Coquitlam 2019

About: Running from 2:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., this free, full-day event will feature dynamic live performances on the TD Community Plaza stage.
Date: Saturday August 10th, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Vancouver Waterfight

Photo: dons projects / 604 Now Flickr Pool

About: Hosted by Flash Mob Vancouver, it’s the largest water fight in the city and it’s totally free! The popular event sees hundreds of people taking part each year.
Date: Saturday August 10th, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

India Live

About: This event is FREE for the public and utilizes music, song, dance and visual arts to highlight Vancouver’s intercultural community.
Date: Saturday August 10th, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Goat Yoga

About: Classes will be held outdoors on a grassy paddock and you are to bring your own yoga mat. Moreover, you will be outside so expect to get a little dirty.
Date: Saturday May 18th, 2019 – Sunday October 27th, 2019
Cost: $30
Time: 8:50 a.m.

Peak Yoga at Grouse Mountain

About: Individuals can stretch in the sunshine after a rewarding hike up the Grouse Grind or can simply just take the Skyride for some fresh air.
Date: Saturday July 6th, 2019 – Saturday August 31st, 2019
Cost: Free with membership or admission ticket
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Farm Fest at Garden City Lands

About: Richmond celebrates local food, sustainability and its agricultural past, present and future on the spectacular Garden City Lands, an amazing 136.5 acre park in the heart of Richmond.
Date: Saturday, August 10th, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 11

Sunday Afternoon Salsa at Robson Square

Sunday Afternoon Salsa at Robson Square

Photo: Sunday Afternoon Salsa at Robson Square / Facebook

About: Kicking off on July 7th, dancer’s can head out to Robson Square every Sunday for a beginner’s lesson at 3:00 p.m., which runs for about 30 minutes with a different instructor each week.
Date: Sunday July 7th, 2019 – Sunday August 25th, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: 3:00 p.m.

Fraser Valley Wine Tour

About: This is an all-inclusive 6-hour day out will give you a snapshot of British Columbia’s thriving wine industry. A professional tour guide will take you to several beautiful vineyards of the Fraser Valley for wine tastings and an insider look at the wine-making process.
Date: On Sundays from August 4th, 2019 to September 1st, 2019
Cost: $125
Time: 10:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Surrey Pop-Up Junk Drop

About: City of Surrey residents are allowed to bring up to a pick-up load of materials (1 ton maximum). Furthermore, trailers with hydraulic lifts and/or larger than 8 ft. long are not allowed to be brought.
Date: Sunday, August 11th, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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